My mom always makes this dish for holiday meals. It’s one of those recipes with the satisfying quality of looking like a seriously complicated, fancy dish – while being actually incredibly simple to put together. With it’s festive look, it’s always a winning dish, and people normally ooh and aah over it when it is served (sometimes they even clap). Continue reading
This one is a real favorite. It’s very easy to make but looks and tastes awesome. Majadra is a Middle-Eastern dish that is basically made of rice, green lentils, caramelized onions, and spices. The Far-East version contains a slightly different spice blend, giving an old favorite a new twist. It gets its oriental flavors from curry and soy sauce, rather than the cumin used in the usual version.
Please don’t let the list of ingredients scare you off of making this recipe! It looks like a long list, but it’s mostly spices!
I like to serve it in the pot it was cooked in and in layers of ingredients, but you are welcome to mix it all together (but you didn’t need me to tell you that, did you?) Continue reading
This dish is so colorful and pretty, that it is perfect in my opinion for these fall days where everything is pale and gray. We don’t get much of a foliage here, and instead the sky is cloudy all the time but the sun shines just as bright (in Jerusalem, at least. The other parts of the country, I’m told, are still just as insufferably hot and humid as in the middle of summer). The cinnamon notes in it makes it taste like “home”, even though my parents never made this rice when I was living with them.
Mr. Graceful is half-Persian and so naturally he’s the one that makes the Persian dishes around here, but I somehow managed to claim this one all to myself. Continue reading